Radiofrequency Ablation in Marble Falls
Safe and Lasting Nerve Pain Reduction
Shaw Pain Clinic offers radiofrequency ablation, also known as RFA and ablation, to minimize chronic pain. Our Marble Falls team uses this nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure to eliminate the transmission of pain signals to the brain. To achieve this, our providers use an electrical current generated by a radio wave to safely heat up a small section of nerve tissue.
Benefits of radiofrequency ablation include:
- No surgery
- Fast pain relief
- Improved function
- Minimal recovery time
- Reduced need for pain medication
When you first visit us, we carefully review your medical history and your current health to make sure any treatment we include in your plan is an appropriate fit. Radiofrequency ablation can help treat a variety of chronic pain and conditions like arthritis, peripheral nerve pain, and other lasting pain in the neck, back, joint, or pelvic areas.
Our staff members speak English and Spanish and can discuss our available payment plans when you call or visit us. We welcome clients Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and on Friday from 8am to 12pm.
What to Expect During the Procedure
We discuss the specifics of the procedure during a previous appointment and answer your questions about it. Our team recommends that you do not eat within six hours of your treatment, or drink two hours before the procedure. If you have diabetes or take insulin, our providers will determine how to adjust your dosage on the day of your appointment. You can bring any current medication with you so you can safely take it after receiving treatment. Make sure to have someone available to pick you up after your visit as you should not drive for the 24 hours following radiofrequency ablation.
We may perform the rhizotomy with or without mild sedation. If we administer sedation via IV, you will usually remain awake and conscious to be able to describe what you feel during the stimulation and ablation of the targeted nerves.
During the procedure, you will lie on your stomach on an x-ray procedure table. Our provider will carefully clean and numb the skin in the treatment area to minimize discomfort. We use the x-ray as guidance to direct the RFA needle. Once needles and electrodes are in the right location, we use the small radiofrequency current to heat the nerve tissue. We do this for all nerves that require treatment. The whole procedure generally takes 30 to 90 minutes depending on the targeted area(s).
Radiofrequency Ablation Recovery and Results
After radiofrequency ablation, you will stay in a recovery room for observation for 15 to 60 minutes. Our nurse will review your condition and provide discharge instructions.
During the first 24 hours after treatment:
- You should not drive or operate machinery
- You may eat normally again
- You should not engage in any strenuous activity
- You may take a shower but no bath
- You may remove any bandages before going to bed
Experiencing leg numbness or mild back pain in the hours following radiofrequency ablation is normal. Using an ice pack for 15 minutes with two hours in between each session can alleviate your discomfort. Warm showers can also help.
Your pain relief can last from six to twelve months after RFA treatment. In some cases, it may last even longer. The degree and duration of pain reduction depend on the cause and location of your pain. We will monitor how your pain levels change following the procedure.
Shaw Pain Clinic offers radiofrequency ablation to reduce nerve pain. Contact our Marble Falls practice today at (830) 220-5007.
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